God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.

—J.M. Barrie, 1922

Everyone complains about his memory, and no one complains about his judgment.

—La Rochefoucauld, 1666

People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.

—James Baldwin, 1953

There’s hope a great man’s memory may outlive his life half a year.

—William Shakespeare, c. 1600

Memories are hunting horns
whose noise dies away in the wind.

—Guillaume Apollinaire, 1913

I have a terrible memory; I never forget a thing.

—Edith Konecky, 1976

What is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, 46 BC

To endeavor to forget anyone is a certain way of thinking of nothing else.

—Jean de La Bruyère, 1688

Memories are like corks left out of bottles. They swell. They no longer fit.

—Harriet Doerr, 1978

Anything one is remembering is a repetition, but existing as a human being that is being, listening, and hearing is never repetition.

—Gertrude Stein, 1935

We are so constituted that we believe the most incredible things, and once they are engraved upon the memory, woe to him who would endeavor to erase them.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1774

We are able to find everything in our memory, which is like a dispensary or chemical laboratory in which chance steers our hand sometimes to a soothing drug and sometimes to a dangerous poison.

—Marcel Proust, c. 1922

Someone will remember us
I say
even in another time.

—Sappho, c. 600 BC

Memory is more indelible than ink.

—Anita Loos, 1974

Memory is like the moon, which hath its new, its full, and its wane.

—Margaret Cavendish, 1655

Time robs us of all, even of memory.

—Virgil, c. 40 BC

The true art of memory is the art of attention.

—Samuel Johnson, 1759

Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.

—George Bernard Shaw, 1886

Memory is the only
afterlife I can understand.

—Lisel Mueller, 1996

The charm, one might say the genius, of memory is that it is choosy, chancy, and temperamental: it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chawing a hunk of melon in the dust.

—Elizabeth Bowen, 1955

Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.

—Willa Cather, 1918

Anyone who in discussion quotes authority uses his memory rather than his intellect.

—Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1500

I think heaven will not be as good as earth, unless it bring with it that sweet power to remember, which is the staple of heaven here.

—Emily Dickinson, 1879

Some memories are like lucky charms, talismans, one shouldn’t tell about them or they’ll lose their power.

—Iris Murdoch, 1985

He who is afraid of his own memories is cowardly, really cowardly.

—Elias Canetti, 1954

There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time in the midst of wretchedness.

—Dante Alighieri, c. 1321

Everything remembered is dear, endearing, touching, precious. At least the past is safe—though we didn’t know it at the time.

—Susan Sontag, 1973

I’ve a grand memory for forgetting.

—Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886

Memory is necessary for all operations of reasoning.

—Blaise Pascal, c. 1658

Memory is a complicated thing, a relative to truth but not its twin.

—Barbara Kingsolver, 1990

History is a people’s memory, and without a memory man is demoted to the level of the lower animals.

—Malcolm X, 1964

One form of loneliness is to have a memory and no one to share it with.

—Phyllis Rose, 1991

Pictures made in childhood are painted in bright hues.

—Kate Douglas Wiggin, 1886

A monument is money wasted. My memory will live on if my life has deserved it.

—Pliny the Younger, c. 109

Midnight shakes the memory
As a madman shakes a dead geranium.

—T.S. Eliot, 1911